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Jeffrice
Jeffrice

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:23pm

Post Subject: Minor flooding

Hi there, Following the heavy rain over the last few months, I returned to my boat to find the engine bay with 8" of water in it. This meant that the bottom 3 or 4 inches of the engine (Beta Marine) was submerged for around 1 month. Could this have damaged the engine? Should I just start it up and see?

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:39pm

Post Subject: Minor flooding

As long as the water stayed below the starter motor and gearbox breather, which I suspect it did, there is only one thing to worry about. The water has probably found its way into the flywheel housing so if you start it before you pump the water out the flywheel is likely to throw water into the starter motor. As a short one-off happening I doubt it would do much harm but its not worth the risk so pump the water out and leave the engine as it is a few hours or overnight before you try to starts it. This will give any water in the flywheel housing a chance to drip back into the engine drip tray. If it was deep enough to deposit oil on any hoses or alternator belts keep an eye on them in case the oil starts to attack them.

Jeffrice
Jeffrice

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:44pm

Post Subject: Minor flooding

Thanks Tony

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